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Japan antitrust probe to target Amazon, Rakuten and beyond

Online mall operators are suspected of placing unfair burden on vendors

Amazon Japan's reward program is under scrutiny for suspected antitrust practices.

TOKYO -- Japanese antitrust authorities are set to launch a probe into Amazon Japan, Rakuten and Yahoo Japan, all suspected of forcing online vendors into shouldering an unfair burden in rewarding customers through loyalty programs, Nikkei has learned.

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